The Extra Yard Fabric Challenge: SPECIAL PRIZE WINNERS

We’re excited to announce the special prize winners for our Extra Yard Fabric Challenge! In this challenge we turned to you, the talented Minted Community, to give the world the most original, unusual fabric designs it’s ever seen. We can tell everyone truly let their imaginations run wild! You swept us off our feet with fun, whimsical, and captivating minimalist patterns.
A huge congratulations to all the winners!

Out of the Box Award for the design with the most “wow” factor – a fabric
that we’ve truly never seen before
Circus of Shapes”  by Hannahcloud Design


Geometrics Award for the pattern that best incorporates geometrics
in a fresh, modern way
Soft Stamped triangles” by Susie Allen


Reinvention Award for the best design that re-imagines a classic fabric pattern
in a new and fresh way
Over the Hills” by Tammie Bennett


Hand-Drawn Award for the best hand-drawn or illustrated pattern
Gone Fishing” by  Sandy Mitchell

Click through to see more special prize winners from our invitation challenge

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DIY: Carnival Ticket Printables

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Sometimes it’s the little details that really bring a party theme to life. Whether you’re hosting a backyard carnival, an outdoor movie, or a circus-themed celebration, we think these printables are just the ticket. Click through to download and print them!

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Minted Real Wedding: Kelly & Andrew in San Clemente, CA

We’re hitting the beach for today’s Minted Real Wedding—specifically, sunny San Clemente, California—where attorneys Kelly Regan and David Andrew Brown tied the knot in front of their 120 guests. The couple, who first met in college and later reconnected in law school, hosted a charming seaside celebration with a classic blue-and-white color palette.

Are you a Minted bride? If you’d like to submit your wedding for consideration, please email a brief description of your celebration and a link to your wedding photos to heather@minted.com.

Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding

Bride and groom: Kelly Regan and David Andrew Brown
Based in: Orange County, CA
Wedding date: December 6, 2014
Ceremony location: Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, San Clemente, CA
Reception location: Casino San Clemente
Number of guests: 120
Minted save the date: “Classically Stated” by Roxy
Minted wedding invitation: “Classic Letterpress” by Lauren Chism
Wedding planner: Andrea Guzman, LVL Events
Photographer: The Grovers
Florist: Sweet Marie Designs

Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding | San Clemente, CA

Tell us about the proposal!
Andrew proposed on Easter morning—we’d made Easter baskets for each other, and he hid the engagement ring in a plastic egg. I initially didn’t find the ring when I first looked in my basket, but he told me I had missed some chocolate and that I had to go back and look. And then he got down on one knee!

How did you hear about Minted, and how did you choose your wedding invitation?
I’ve used Minted for bridal shower invitations and engagement gifts for friends over the past few years, so I decided to use Minted for our save the dates (“Classically Stated” by Roxy for Minted). For our wedding invitations, I ordered samples from every printer I could find and visited several stationery stores, and we decided to go with Minted again (“Classic Letterpress” by Lauren Chism for Minted) because we really liked the quality of the invitations and the easy ordering process.

Did you add any special touches to your invitations to make them your own?
We added an extra liner and wrapped each invitation with a blue-and-white striped ribbon, which we also used throughout the entire wedding.

Minted Real Wedding | Classic Blue-and-White Beach Wedding | San Clemente, CA

Click through to see more details from Kelly and Andrew’s beautiful wedding…

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Minted News: Updates to the Artist Community Experience

After the launch of our redesigned artist community experience last month, we received a ton of great feedback from our community members and we’re excited to announce some new features and bug fixes today.

1. New: Challenges Activity Feed
Get up to date on what’s happening with challenges on the Challenges page. From there, you can click through to get more info on each currently open Challenge; you can also see the most-recent submissions for the different challenges in the activity feed. We’re planning to add latest comments, likes, and other challenge-related activity to the feed in near future.

2. New: View all Winners and Editor’s Picks for Each Challenge
Now you’ll be able to check out all of the winners and Editor’s Picks awards for any challenge on the Challenge page. (For example, you can now see all winners and Editors Picks for the West Elm Challenge that occurred earlier this year.)

3. Fix: Filter All Submissions in a Challenge to Find Open Polls
Now you can more easily weigh in on open polls in a challenge. Simply go to the homepage of that Challenge, go to the Submissions panel, and click on “Polls” in the “Browsing By” drop-down menu. This will filter all the submissions that have an open poll.

4. Fix: See All Submissions Sorted by Score Once Winners Have Been Announced
We’ve fixed the issue that had prevented you from sorting all design submissions in a challenge by a decreasing order of their score once the winners had been announced. Now, once you’re in the “Submissions” panel of a Challenge page, you will see an option to sort by “Score” in the “Sorted By” drop-down menu. (For example, check out this new sorting feature on the “On a Roll” fabric challenge page.)

5. Fix: Receive an Email When Your Design is “Liked” on the Challenge Page
When we launched our redesign last month, you no longer received an email when your submissions were liked by other artists on the Challenge pages. This is now fixed and you should once again be receiving an email when your design submissions are liked.

We hope you enjoy these latest additions and, as always, please share your feedback in the comments so we can continue to improve your artist experience on Minted.

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DIY: Printable Soda Can Wrappers

Now that the weather’s warmed up, there’s no better time to host a get-together, mix up some cold drinks, and catch up with friends. And now you can serve things up in style with these free printables soda can wrappers! Deck out your favorite beverages with these bright and graphic wraps and turn your party into a colorful oasis!


Click through for the free soda can wrappers download…

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Recreate This Room: Plant-Filled Reading Nook

By Annie Montgomery of  MontgomeryFest

Chances are the reading nook is where you find yourself curling up with a good book or having long, leisurely conversations with your best gal pal over a glass of wine. The coziest spot in your home doesn’t need a ton to feel lived-in and utterly inspired—here are my picks for creating an intimate room within a room that’s meant to be snuggled in to (especially when Karl the Fog is taking over my city).

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1. “Intertwined” art print by Josh McClendon for Minted
Sometimes, the best part of reading is wandering off mid-sentence to stare into space, so decorate your nook with something interesting to look at.

2. Fiddle fig tree in terra cotta planter; image via See and Savour
Bring the outdoors in with a grouping of interesting-looking plants.

3. Nickel and leather ottoman
You’re definitely going to need a place to rest your feet.

4. Nickel and leather chair
A comfy chair that only gets better with age is an absolute must.

5. Sheepskin wool rug
No one likes cold feet, so warm your toes with a soft, cozy rug.

6. Brass table lamp
Because good lighting is an essential element for a comfy reading nook.

7. Wool kilim rug
Add more texture and visual interest to the intimate space by mixing-and-matching your rugs.

8. Reclaimed wood & zinc coffee table
The perfect place to rest your cup of coffee.

Photo (top): Jaclyn Campanaro

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How To: Throw a Killer Party on a Budget

Back when my husband was in law school, I worked part-time as a party planner throwing everything from baby showers to dinner parties. Throwing a festive shindig while staying on budget was a skill I picked up on the job—let’s just say I learned to make a dollar stretch. The key to throwing a great party on a budget? Keep reading for the #1 best party-planning trick I learned…

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Design to Dish: Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies

oatmeal cookies teacher thank you giftFavorite Teacher notebooks by Jill Means | Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Cookies (recipe below)

I’m usually really on top of things, but I completely spaced on Teacher Appreciation Week earlier this year (whoops!) and wanted to make up for it by giving my kids’ teachers some really great gifts at the end of the school year. So, I enlisted my kids to help me make a batch of good, old-fashioned oatmeal cookies—one of my favorites!—for their teachers, and packaging the cookies with a cute, personalized thank-you gift. These charming “Favorite Teacher” notebooks from Minted are darling, and I know our teachers this year will love them (hopefully enough to forgive me for forgetting Teacher Appreciation Week!).

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe? A really good classic that’s always a crowd pleaser? My family loves this simple recipe for oatmeal cookies—we make them a lot for easy weeknight desserts and after-school snacks. They’re sweet and buttery, and the perfect balance between crisp and chewy.

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Keep reading for this family-favorite oatmeal cookie recipe…

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DIY: Kids’ Felt Initial Banners

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

When planning our kids’ birthday parties, we love to combine a party activity that doubles as a favor. This felt banner is just that; plus, it’s easy and not too time-consuming to prep. It’s also economical (sometimes party-favor costs can add up so quickly!). All you need: felt sheets, mini dowel rods, glue, yarn, and scissors. Seriously, that’s it! Set up a table at the party stocked with craft supplies and the kids will have a blast making and decorating their own initial banner. 

Keep reading for the step-by-step instructions

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